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Intel unveils its largest solar farm outside US in Malaysia


The solar farm will help power Intel Malaysia’s operations at its Kulim and Penang factories.

Intel’s Malaysia operations are now harnessing solar energy to help power its six-buildings across its Kulim and Penang campus, thanks to a new 3.2 megawatt (MW) solar installation completed in January this year.

The installation is achieving 4.1MW in total installed capacity which is provided by NEFIN, a renewable energy developer.

“The installation work began in 2020 during the global pandemic which presented many challenges, but nonetheless the solar system was put into operation in January 2021.

“The completion of this project contributes about 15 per ent of Intel’s global, on-site solar PV electric power capacity. It will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 3,800 tonnes,” Intel Malaysia said in a statement.

Intel Malaysia managing director Robin Martin said its continued investments in alternative energy was a key pillar of Intel’s continued commitment to operating its manufacturing facilities with the lowest impact to the environment.

“The use of renewable power generated on-site at Intel Malaysia is a critical part of Intel’s efforts as a responsible corporate citizen to doing better by our planet, and as part of our RISE 2030 goals of achieving 100 per cent renewable power,” Martin said in a statement.

The new solar farm panels at Intel Malaysia cover an area roughly equivalent to 900 carpark spaces and an additional 50,208 square feet on buildings’ rooftops, generating approximately 6000MWh of electricity annually.

The campus buildings’ electricity demand during peak hours is replaced partially by solar sources.

The energy supply from solar sources also helps diversify and introduce renewable energy mix into the campus energy supply mix, which was predominantly powered by natural gas and coal sources.

In line with the World Earth Day theme of “Restore Our Earth”, Intel reaffirms its commitment to conserving energy and expanding on its renewable energy projects and energy-efficient technologies in technology design and operations, in combating climate change.

Intel has already deployed several solar thermal systems for the supply of domestic hot water to all its campuses in Malaysia to eliminate its dependence on conventional fuel sources and will continue the expansion of clean and green energy sources to reduce emissions.

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